Friday, September 12, 2008

Lucy Burns, Alice Paul and Russell Brand

MoodyMommy posted this the other day and as always I got all fired up. There I was snapping photos of the back of TD's head for a snarky post, because quite frankly her hair is mirroring Russell Brand's these days, and reading my email when I read her post.

I myself have written about women's voting history before and how important it is to not give up, lay down and say we are too busy to vote. Yes, we have busy lives, but this right was not easily won for us women. Almost a century ago our sisters fought long and hard and did not back down when beaten and persecuted just to earn the right to have their say on election day.

While I never normally do this, I'm re-posting this today. It just needs to be reiterated again this election season. Get fired up ladies! Choose your candidate! Register if you haven't already and ROCK THAT VOTE this November! Over 20 million of you didn't in the last election and that is just ridiculously sad. You want to be taken seriously and have your say? THEN VOTE!

For Goodness Sake think of Alice Paul (November 20, 2007)

Cross-posted from Moms Speak Up-

Less than 100 years ago women fought for the right to vote. They fought long and hard battles staging protests and strikes in front of the White House. These women were the first people to protest in front of the White House ever. For women like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, often described as militants, the decision to fight for the women’s right to vote was especially strong. These women endured prison time in the Occoquan Work House right here in Virginia only ten minutes from where I now live. They went on hunger strikes and the prison guards force fed them through tubes. Imprisoned three times Alice Paul would not back down. Nothing was more important to her than the women’s suffrage movement. Through her and other women’s actions, the demonstrations, parades, fires and mass meetings these women made a valid point. They were equal and deserved one of the greatest parts of being an American, the right to vote.

When I think of how these women who were part of the Congressional Union for Women’s Suffrage would react if they knew that some people, women included, would give up their right to cast a ballot for a piece of technology or and sum of money it sickens me. I feel physical pain and tears actually well up in my eyes. I want to spit fire and rain hell down on those who choose to give up their right to vote. To me it is a sacred and hard fought victory. Not voting as a woman is like pissing on these women’s graves. Their persistence and refusal to back down is part of what makes this country great but also why they won their battle. They never gave up. They never gave in no matter how arduous it was. We shouldn’t either. It makes me proud to be a woman when I think of them.

I know that today we are all very busy with our individual lives. We have families, jobs and everyday lives crammed full of things. The election is a year away. So why do we need to think about voting now? For one reason and that is to educate ourselves. To arm ourselves with the knowledge about each candidate so when it comes time to vote in the primaries and later the general election we can feel confident in our decision. If sites like BridesDecide can easily outline what each candidate stands for then why can’t we simply spend a small amount of time to pick a candidate? You probably won’t find one that believes in all the same ideals as you because most of us don’t even find that in our significant others, but just try. Take a few minutes today and do some research. Educate yourself and make the conscious decision to vote in 2008. If you aren’t registered yet NOW is the time! It takes five minutes! I swear I did it on Rock the Vote a few years back when I moved to this area. Within minutes I was a proud Virginia voter.

Vote. Do it for the future of this country. Do it so you have the right to complain when things are not to your liking, because if you refuse to cast a ballot then you have no right to argue or bitch when things go against your beliefs. Remember it is not just women in this country who fought for the right to vote. Think of the people of all races and genders all over the world who have given their life for this precious gift of choice. Let that be your guide.

3 comments:

  1. First I have to appologize I did not read this entire post. This is one of the few that you have done that I just skimmed. I know at some point I told you I don't do political stuff. It won't keep my attention. And when I had dinner at your house that time after doing pictures with you, I told you I don't vote, because I don't pay close enough attention to have an opinion. I think at that point it took everything you had not to grab me by the shoulders and shake the crap out of me or slap me around a bit. And I'm sure you are feeling that again reading this. But calm you hormonal pergnant blood. This year for the first time in my life, I AM VOTING. For some reason this election year has my attention. But not enough to read the history of women voting. Sorry, polotics AND history...yawn. So you can at least do a little victory dance.

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  2. Awesome Sarah! I'm so happy! Sometimes I wish it took just pregnant hormones to get me riled up over matters like this but it doesn't.

    You responded last year to this post and I remember it clearly so you already know all it had to say.

    Happy Voting!!!

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  3. Anonymous1:50 PM

    I couldn't agree more. I can't for the life of me imagine being so lazy as to not simply educate yourself and get out to vote after so many women dedicated their lives to women having that right. It's so important, and it was such a hard-won battle we only just overcame 89 years ago....

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